I found this article while getting caught up in someone's blogroll this morning. It is a good read. The dog thing is funny for me. I love my dogs- yet they are a tool that I use to get around. Much of the time I prefer that people leave them and me alone because, like you, I am trying to get milk after a long day, go to the ATM, go to work or what have you. I often feel like my dog is public property and since my dog functions as my eyes- that public ownership than extends to me. I would like to come up with a good response for the person who pets, feeds or solicits the attention of my dog while it is working and than says, "I know I'm not supposed to, but I'm a dog lover..." I have been contemplating saying, "Oh, I understand, you must think you are so special that the rules don't apply to you?" Truth is that I don't have the nerve to respond like that because I fare so much better when I am sweet and compliant.
I particularly relate to the following comments:
"Every few hours I run up against people who feel free to remind me that I'm their inferior and that I should conform to whatever they've decided "people like [me]" are supposed to be like. Every few hours I run up against people who are so convinced that this is true that they are mystified that I'm not grateful for the experience."
What do you think?